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Updates from a Busy Summer

 Executive Director Sandra Azocar with a group of MLAs, four from Calgary (Anam Kazim, Calgary-Glenmore; Craig Coolahan, Calgary-Klein; Graham Sucha, Calgary-Shaw; and Jamie Kleinsteuber, Calgary-Northern Hills), Edmonton-Whitemud MLA Dr. Bob Turner, and Leduc-Beaumont MLA Shaye Anderson.

Executive Director Sandra Azocar with a group of MLAs, four from Calgary (Anam Kazim, Calgary-Glenmore; Craig Coolahan, Calgary-Klein; Graham Sucha, Calgary-Shaw; and Jamie Kleinsteuber, Calgary-Northern Hills), Edmonton-Whitemud MLA Dr. Bob Turner, and Leduc-Beaumont MLA Shaye Anderson. 

Pictured below - Wildrose MLA and Health Critic Drew Barnes.

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Council of the Federation

Canadian Medical Association President, Dr. Christopher Simpson, and Friends of Medicare Executive Director, Sandra Azocar, with members of the Canadian Health Coalition

Canadian Medical Association President, Dr. Christopher Simpson, and Friends of Medicare Executive Director, Sandra Azocar, with members of the Canadian Health Coalition.

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Meeting with Health Minister Sarah Hoffman

On Monday, July 20, 2015, the Board members and the staff of Friends of Medicare met with Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. The meeting was productive and insightful, with mutual respect and shared values characterizing the exchanges. 

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Moving Day! August 15

We will be moving to a new office on August 15, 2015, located at 601 - 12323 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton AB.
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An open letter on health care to Alberta''s incoming Premier Jim Prentice

Friends of Medicare congratulates Jim Prentice on winning the leadership of the Alberta PC Party and becoming the Premier-designate. The following open letter is to Mr. Prentice on the future of health care in Alberta:

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Future of health care at stake

By Paul Cowley - Red Deer Advocate
 
Published: June 01, 2014
 
In a B.C. courtroom this fall, nothing less than the future of Canada’s health-care system will be at stake, says the B.C. Health Coalition.
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Alberta health care can be better, but not through lawsuits and a two-tier system

The following opinion article was published in the Medicine Hat News on April 11, 2014 (available on their website here).
  
 

On April 2, Justice P. R. Jeffrey of Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench rejected the claim put forward by lawyer John Carpay on behalf of Darcy Allen that prohibition on private health insurance in Alberta infringes on Mr. Allen’s Charter Rights.

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Improvements in health-care system showcased

BY CHARLES LEFEBVRE ON FEBRUARY 10, 2014.
 
Accessed via Medicine Hat News here
 
@MHNLefebvre
clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com�
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Azocar: Medical tourism is a sickness, not a cure

January 23, 2014 12:00 PM

The following op-ed was published in the Calgary Herald on January 23, 2014. It can be found on the Calgary Herald's website here:

 

http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/op-ed/Azocar+Medical+tourism+sickness+cure/9423128/story.html 

 

The op-ed was written as a response to the following article:

 

http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/Have+scalpel+will+travel+Alberta+surgeons+operate+abroad+bypass+wait+times/9405898/story.html

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Budget will hurt long-term care services

March 08, 2013 12:00 PM
ALEX McCUAIG
amccuaig@medicinehatnews.com
Twitter:MHNMcCuaig
The three-per-cent increase in Alberta health care spending was highlighted as one of the few increases in this year's budget. To the local Friends of Medicare chapter, compared to the promised 4.5-per-cent increase in 2013, it represents nothing but a cut.
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